That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession
The aspiration to relate the past "as it really happened" has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. In this remarkable history of the profession, Peter Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity was elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the past century. Drawing on the unpublished correspondence as well as the published writing of hundreds of American historians, this book is a richly textured account of what American historians have thought they were doing, or ought to be doing, when they wrote history--how their principles influenced their practice and practical exigencies influenced their principles. Published with the support of the Exxon Education Foundation.
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Review: That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical ProfessionUser Review - Mike Hankins - Goodreads
Peter Novick's only stated goal in That Noble Dream is to simply raise questions and provoke a deep level of introspection among American historians about what they are doing and how they are doing it ... Read full review
Review: That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical ProfessionUser Review - Derek Ide - Goodreads
Exhaustive review of the various transfigurations and transmutations of the American historical profession as historians grappled with the objectivity question. Lots of gems in here. Slightly too ... Read full review